The Dark Layer
Annemarie has recently left her husband and moved into a small but cozy house in the lower middle-class city of Holly, Ohio. Alone except for her dog and scared of being on her own, she tries to adapt to her newly single life.
As if things couldn’t get worse, she starts noticing items moving around on their own and her toilet suddenly stops working. On a recommendation, she calls Jackson Terry, a local plumber, and he proves to be the perfect distraction from her failing marriage.
One day when in her home, a man breaks in and tries to assault her. Annemarie, terrified and unable to fight him off, buries her face in the pillow and waits for the man to hurt her. Except it never happens. When she looks up, the man is suspended by nothing in mid-air, a dark red stain spreading across his chest, and then released where he falls on the floor. Dying, scared and angry, he runs for the door.
Annemarie knows something isn’t right with the house. Crosses appear and disappear on the walls. Her dog goes missing. She and Jackson consult her long-time priest and although at first unwilling to personally help, he tells them that her house may be filled with souls trying to escape Hell by slipping through a hole in the dark layer-a layer between Heaven and Hell.
This is too much for Annemarie. She only wants a normal new life and new relationship with Jackson. Instead, she must learn why the dark souls slipping through want her and her alone to guide them to what any damned soul wants-salvation.
The Dark Layer